All bloggers love people to post comments on their articles. Unfortunately, most blogs, most especially new ones, receive very few real comments from real people or nothing at all. Sure, everyone gets spam comments though.
I hope that with help from the tips presented below your blog will grow into a nice community of readers who interact by leaving you comments.
But first thing first, lets me tell you upfront that if your blog has no traffic there is no way you can have comments. That is just common sense, right? It’s kind of weird but some people could not draw the connection between these two factors.
With nobody reading your blog then expect nobody to leave comments either. Just because you post great articles does not automatically mean that people would be instantly reading and commenting your post. There is a need to actively promote your blog to the right audience.
However, please take note that in case you are not receiving any comments to your blog most likely it does not mean that your content is terrible or people hate you – it could be because you plainly don’t have sufficient traffic.
Now, when you do have some traffic and yet nobody cares to make any comment on your posts, there are good ways to Kindle or arouse people to make comments. Read on the tips below.
1. Write some articles related to blogging. You will certainly get the attention of other bloggers – bloggers love to make comments. This is one way for people to come to your blog and probably leave a comment or two.
2. At the end of your post, ask a question for readers to reply on.
3. Write about topics that have more chance to arouse like current events (ideas: politics, news, entertainment).
4. Be a little bit controversial with your posts. Express some tough opinions and most likely will either agree or argue with you.
5. Have patience and wait some time. There are times when you have no other choice but to wait until one person leaves a comment opening the gate for more viral discussion.
Last year, I lie low in responding to comments on my blog except if someone is asking me directly. At that, I think I was just a little bit lazy and busy working on other online projects. As a result, comments on my articles gradually dissipated.
I detected that usual commentators stopped their regular commenting and a lot of conversations on my blog ended abruptly.
This is really sad for a blog and I will tell you the cause behind this thing. It is called as Social Proof.
What is Social Proof? It is when humans take some action or make a choice based mainly on seeing other people doing it first. It is more like an “implied recommendation.” When others do it – it should be good!
Compare it to a group of people all looking up at something in the sky at the same time. Without knowing why you are also drawn to turn your head skywards and see what all the commotion is about.
When first-time readers of your blog see other people making various comments most likely they will think that there is something precious at your blog and will bookmark or subscribe to it and make a comment.
Sure, this is definitely good for your blog’s traffic – a proven social proof in action.
I am very mindful of always actively participating in comment conversations at my blog and accordingly my readership was growing tremendously. Before that strong awareness, I stopped and I noticed I hit a dark hole and my blog failed to grow quite as well as it should be.
I know of one blogger who has a rule she always followed to the letter. She responds to all the comments readers are leaving on her blog. Consequently, she successfully developed an ever-growing community around her blog and her traffic ballooned in just a short span of time.
Do not forget that comments on your articles are essential for your blog’s success so take the time to respond to them.
So what’s holding you back from making a comment below this post?